Having enough sleep is essential to our health. As such, if you are spending much time in bed, it is important to make sure that it is clean. There are many things are lurking in your bed sheets that you may not know and can lead to serious health issues if not well addressed. If you put your bed sheets under a microscope, you can be shocked by what you would see. Almost every bed contains microscopic bugs such as dust mites that feed off of dead skin cells. These tiny bugs live, die and then reproduce in the bed that you sleep in. They can cause you to develop an allergy or lower your immune system. The only better way of controlling these creatures is to clean your bedding regularly. Also, there are other things that may be hiding in your bed such as bacteria and mold. Below is what you don’t know about bed sheets that might shock you.
It is a bacteria breeding ground
We have different types of bacteria and fungi in our bodies, and most of them are beneficial. However, the bed is the best place for them to breed. Any body fluids can enhance the growth of bacteria. They are tiny and can grow very rapidly. The bacteria that live in the body feed off everything in the bed. This can even be worse if you are sharing a bed with someone. For example, if you have any abrasions, cuts or even pimple, these organisms can get their way in your body causing an infection. It is therefore vital that you take care of your bed by cleaning and using the right type of bed sheets.
A great place for dust mites to live
Dust mites like to live in our rugs and carpets. However, they can also live in our pillows and bed. They are found in our bed sheets and feed on the mold spores and dead skin cells from the human and animal body. Considering that we tend to lose a lot of skin cell daily, the bed is the perfect breeding place for the dust mites. They produce an enzyme whenever they poo that can cause allergies to some people. These organisms can trigger asthma and can also cause allergies with symptoms such as wheezing, sneezing, skin rashes, runny nose, and irritated eyes.
They can spread infection and viruses
When someone is unwell, it is necessary to change your sheets regularly to prevent the spread of the disease. When you have contagious infections such as gastroenteritis the level of transmission from the soiled bed sheets is high. If someone happens to change the sheets and forget to wash the hands before eating, there is a high chance of getting infected. Also, if you have a cold or flu, you need to clean your sheets often to protect your partner. These viruses spread very fast, and it is essential to be extra careful.
Pets on or in bed
Some people are animal lovers such that they even allow them to sleep in their bed. However as much as you might be doing it for fun, these animals can spread diseases. These animals might leave bacteria and germs in your bed. Also, they can add the amount of dead skin cell and excess hair on your bed sheet. They can also transfer diseases to human which can be very dangerous.
Sleeping in a clean can prevent you from getting sick. Also, it can enhance your sleep allowing you to sleep longer. Bacteria and other harmful organisms found in bed can cause you severe health issues. Therefore, it is important that you ensure that your bed sheets are cleaned regularly.